Reverse Engineer Riveting Fiction & Write Best Selling Books
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Reverse Engineer Riveting Fiction & Write Best Selling Books

You will be writing page turning fiction that your readers will love when you plot, outline and write the right way.
4.6 (599 ratings)
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Created by Geoff Shaw
Last updated 12/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 mins on-demand audio
  • 23 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Outline best selling fiction books.
  • Improve any story by adding more tension and excitement.
  • Write quicker and easier with an outline as your guide.
  • Analyze great stories and use them to inspire your own amazing stories.
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Requirements
  • All you need is the desire to write.
Description

When writing a book, one of the most important requirements is the ability to present an exciting story that your readers will invest in. A story where they will want to know what comes next right through to the end.

In this training I show by example, how to break down popular fiction into the basics of the story. The skeleton of the story, and from that simple outline, I give 2 examples of how to create a new story in two different genres, to show how simple my outlining method works.

I demonstrate with the same outline sheets I use when I am writing a book, and also for the books I get my ghostwriters to write for me. Those outline sheets are available for download in the course.

It is so simple that I know by the end of the training you will be able to write your own book with exciting storylines too.

I also show how to build out the sections of the stories using simple techniques and the use of questions to bring out your creativity.

You will easily decide how many words you need in each section of your book, and once it is broken down into the smaller pieces of the story, you will find it a lot easier to write the book.

The benefit of doing this is you will also be able to write your books a lot faster.

You won’t get stuck for words. You won’t be looking at a blank screen or piece of paper wondering why you’ve got writers block.

There are 18 lectures and an hour of content.

There are downloadable files that you can use for all your books.

I’ve structured this course in a simple methodical way based on the best results I’ve had from training thousands of people in book publishing.

You will gain confidence and skills that will benefit you for a lifetime of easy writing.

I’ve kept the videos short and to the point without leaving out the crucial information you need to succeed.

You can go away in the next day with a whole new understanding of what Riveting Fiction is all about.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to write exciting books.
  • Anyone who wants to improve their storylines.
  • Anyone who struggles for ideas on what to write in their books.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 18 Lectures Collapse All 18 Lectures 59:19
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Getting Started
1 Lecture 01:00

A Short Message before you Get Started.


Preview 01:00
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Getting Inspiration and Analyzing Good Fiction
2 Lectures 07:12

IMDb is the best place for research, inspiration and more information than you could imagine, to enhance your ability to captivate your readers.

In this training I've used one episode of one of the most popular TV Series in history - Breaking Bad.

Season 2 Episode 9 - 4 Days Out.

You can often find the episode posted on YouTube or available at sites like Netflix. Alternatively you can simply read the synopsis on IMDb.

Preview 04:11

In this video, I go through the summary I made of the episode, with timestamps at relevant plot points that we will dig into further in later videos.

Preview 03:01
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Story Structure and Creating Your Outlines
14 Lectures 49:20

Here I explain the 4 Quarters of Story Structure. This is the same structure my Outline Sheets are based on, and the way for you to effortlessly outline your own stories using those sheets and what you learn in this training.

Preview 07:24

I explain the use of the 11 words you need to use to create a great plot. Using these words will help you unlock your creativity and find content to add to the chapters of your book.

You can use these 11 words to ask content-unlocking questions for each individual chapter of your book, for each quarter of your book, and also for the whole storyline of your book.

If you ever get stuck, using these words will get you un-stuck fast.

11 Words to Plot like a PRO
04:05

An explanation of the sheets used for simple outlining your story.

The Outline Sheet
02:38

A very brief video to explain why I summarized the Time Summary before the next video training.

Summarizing the Summary
00:47

Taking the story summary and creating an outline that can be used for a new story.

Creating a Basic Outline
07:19

An example of how Deadlines can help escalate the tension in any story. You can make a basic, ordinary outline come to life simply by adding deadlines.

Basic Outline - Deadlines
04:16

More training on deadlines because they are so effective at elevating the excitement of a story and allowing you, the author, to write more words just by adding one.

I show an example of how adding a deadline to what is already a riveting story, can take it to a new level and open the opportunity to write a whole lot more words. If you're stuck for writing enough words this video will help.

Basic Outline - More on Deadlines
02:24

An explanation of plot and character crisis and how they are essential parts of any good story. I explain how it has been used effectively in the sample story and how you can do the same with your stories.

This is why readers will invest in your books. This is what will get them reading to the end and wanting more.

Plot Conflict Crisis
03:39

In this video I show how I take the basic outline I created from the TV Show, and create a new and unique outline, quickly and easily, simply by replacing ideas.

I could do this over and over again, and you will be able to do the same with a little practice. In this way, you can create unlimited outlines for enough books to last you a lifetime.

A New Outline
03:11

Just to prove how well this system works, I used the same sample story outline and created a new one in a completely different genre.

It's not something I would normally do, but I wanted to prove the simplicity of my outlining system, while remaining within a proven story structure.

I've created a romance outline from a non-romance foundation in minutes...and you can do the same.

A New Outline in Romance
04:47

This is the Heartbeat of your story. It is either ticking along at an even pace or increasing along with the excitement of the story. You want an even or accelerating pace to keep your readers captivated.

When there are plot holes in your story, or periods where there isn't anything happening that adds to the story, you risk losing the readers attention. Your story will flatline. You will lose them and your story will die.


Pace and Heartbeat
01:20

In this video I explain how to use the questions mentioned in the 11 words video, to fill out the content of the individual chapters.

I give examples for a chapter of both of the outlines I came up with in the earlier videos.

Outlining Individual Sections
03:18

How this plan helps with organising your book content and keeping the pace of your story even and exciting.

Word Count and Chapters
03:02

Once you have your basic outline you can quickly see whether there are any plot holes or whether the story points need to be shuffled around in a better order to make for a more exciting story. It also allows you to decide whether you need to remove and replace a section with something more exciting.

That's what makes outlining so important. It is so much easier and more effective to do it at this stage than after you've written a few hundred or a few thousand words.

Moving Sections
01:10
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Final Words
1 Lecture 00:47

I hope you’ve enjoyed the course and learnt a lot from it.

I know that if you apply what I’ve taught, you will become an expert at outlining and creating new and exciting fiction, and that is what readers are always looking for.

Your stories will shine in the market and the more you do this, the easier it gets. Just like any skill you do regularly.

It actually becomes fun, and with easy outlining comes easy writing, because you know where you’re going, what you’re going to write, how many words you need to write for each section, and it’s all just small chunks of a bigger picture that will appear on your screen with little effort.

You have the knowledge and you have the skill now, so good luck creating your next best seller.

Final Words
00:47
About the Instructor
Geoff Shaw
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I help people to succeed in business so they can enjoy the freedom that comes with a consistent income and financial stability.

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I’ve had considerable success since becoming a full time internet marketer in 1998 and have taught thousands of people just like you how to replicate my success.

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You will learn how to do that, from what I teach.